Guzheng is a popular instrument at Eight Tones Music School. With its crystalline tones and flowing lines, the Guzheng gains its reputation as one of the most elegant instruments. Our experienced teachers will help you progress in your musical journey with the Guzheng. Your teacher will evaluate and draw up a curriculum specially for you. No prior background is needed for you to start Guzheng lessons. Over time, you will be able to play advanced pieces with ease.
Video On Why You Should Take Up Guzheng Lessons (With Guzheng Performance)
What Is The Guzheng?
The Guzheng (Chinese: 古箏), dates back to the 6th century. Modern day Guzhengs have 21 strings and are 165cm in length. Also known as the Chinese zither, it is a long rectangular box with strings across it and a bridge for each corresponding string. Players wear artificial nails to pluck the strings of the Guzheng, thereby producing clear and bell-like sounds. The strings are formed from steel cores with nylon windings. The Guzheng is not to be confused with the Guqin, which is smaller at 110cm and has 7 strings, with no bridges.
*Trial lesson is chargeable one-time at $40
Why Learn to Play the Guzheng?
Our Guzheng Teachers
With plenty of experience in teaching the Guzheng, our teachers are able to conduct lessons in an interactive and conducive environment. You will learn proper hand postures and shape, and train each and every individual finger to be independent and agile so as to produce a crisp and bright tone. During your Guzheng lesson at Eight Tones Music School, your teacher will help you master the music piece of choice.
At Eight Tones Music School, we understand your concerns and our local Singaporean teachers are here to help address them. Hailing from a prestigious lineage, we have teachers who are students of Yin Qun, Xu Hui, and Tan Soon Boon.
What Students Are Saying
At Eight Tones Music School, our teachers are able to work with students of varying abilities, ranging from working adults, senior citizens, or children. We take pride in teaching and ensuring that every student leaves each lesson with a sense of fulfillment. Be it for leisure, learning the basics, building a solid foundation, or intensive examinations preparations, we embrace all learning needs with open arms.
Our teachers are well equipped to teach students of varying abilities and ages. We are able to teach for the following purposes: leisure, foundation building, or examination preparation. You will leave each lesson more confident than the previous week.
Don’t have your own Guzheng to get started on your musical journey? Browse our curated collection of Guzheng at our Eight Tones Music Store, catering to all musical levels. Instruments will be provided during your music lessons. However, you will still require a personal instrument for daily practice. Click on the button below to start shopping.
Write-Up Of Our Guzheng Teachers
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Benefits of Learning Guzheng
Learning Guzheng can help to develop the connection between left and right brain, because playing the Guzheng requires coordination of many fingers on both the left hand and right hand.
On Your First Guzheng Lesson
Your teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you and design a suitable curriculum specific to your needs, be it for leisure, foundation building, or examinations.
If you do not have an instrument and would like to purchase one from us, your teacher will help you pick a Guzheng which is most suited to you.
The NAFA (CCOM) Instrumental Guzheng Exam (click here for the NTU – TENG examination structure)
Grade 1 – 小鸟朝凤, 关山月, 十杯酒 (轻六调), 二十五板, 小开手, 上楼, 千声佛
Grade 2 – 画眉跳架 (重六调) 二十四板, 西江月 (又名《一点红》) (轻六调) 二十八板, 凤翔歌, 西厢词, 蝶恋花, 三十三板
Grade 3 – 汉宫秋月, 绣金匾, 渔舟唱晚, 灯月交辉(又名《刺绣鞋》), 柳青娘 (轻六调)三十板, 河南八板 (又名《天下大同》)
Grade 4 – 浪淘沙, 狮子戏球 (重六调) 四十板, 浏阳河, 纺织忙, 高山流水
Grade 5 – 洞庭新歌, 云庆, 山丹丹开花红艳艳, 瑶族舞曲, 高山流水
Grade 6 – 丰收锣鼓, 苏武思乡, 春到拉萨, 香山射鼓, 庆丰年
Grade 7 – 高山流水, 秦桑曲, 蕉窗夜雨, 战台风
Grade 8 – 雪山春晓, 陈杏元和番, 寒鸦戏水 (重六调) 六十八板, 东海渔歌
Grade 9 – 草原英雄小姐妹, 将军令, 林冲夜奔, 幸福渠水到俺村
Diploma – 春到湘江, 情景三章, 幻想曲, 长安八景
Why Choose Us?
Frequently Asked Questions
We have Guzheng students who are of retirement age and are successful Guzheng players. To learn more, feel free to contact our friendly staff.
Individual Guzheng lessons are recommended, where we match one student to one teacher. This is to ensure that you receive quality training and enjoy a curriculum specially catered for you.
Lessons can be taught individually or in groups of not more than 4. However, the groups have to be formed on your own, with a minimum of 2 students.
Our teachers are able to speak both English and Mandarin proficiently.
Yes, our teachers can teach you how to play English and Chinese pop songs. However, do let us know in advance so our teachers can prepare the necessary teaching materials.